How I Made a Fool of Myself with Joe Jonas at Blissdom

When you go to a conference, you expect to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and learn some great tips to invigorate your career.

What you do not expect is to make a fool of yourself in front of a celebrity.

I had already done this once, at a blog conference called Blogher, where I met the incredible star of “Glee,” Jane Lynch, and made a comment to her that neither of us looked particularly good that day.

Note to self: OK to insult yourself. Not OK to insult a celeb.

You’d think I would have learned from my mistakes. But alas, I am a two-time conference offender.

This past week I was delighted to attend the Blissdom Blog Conference. Blissdom is a fabulous gathering of talented bloggers held annually in Nashville. I was doing a great job of keeping my foot out of my mouth until I met Joe Jonas.

For those of you without teens or tweens or who may live under a rock, Joe is one third of the adorable Jonas Brothers trio and the only one who is able to grow facial hair. I suspect this is the reason they had him come perform for this group of 30 and 40-something year-old moms so we did not feel like cougars when we screamed in adoration at him when he was on stage.

Anyway, I hoped to get a picture of him at some point for my 14 year-old daughter. I did not expect to actually have the opportunity to meet him one on one. But as luck would have it, he sat down at the table next to me and my friends for dinner before the show.

“OMG, I have to go get his autograph for my daughter,” I said to my friends. Without giving them a chance to talk me out of it, I ran around the table with my placemat and asked for his autograph.

“It is for my daughter Emily,” I assured him.

He graciously signed the placemat. I thanked him profusely and went back to my dinner.

“You know… he probably thinks YOUR name is Emily and you just made up this daughter story so he would give you his autograph without thinking you were a creepy cougar,” said my friends Nick and Matt from Time Dog and Pamela from Chick Clique.

I was mortified.

While I mulled over this possibility, another of my friends went over and asked Joe for his autograph. When she came back to our table, she informed me that she had told Joe, “Emily suggested I come over.”

Now I was truly horrified.

Throwing my dinner napkin to the ground, I went back to Joe’s table. “You probably think I was getting your autograph for myself, but it really was my for my daughter, Emily,” I assured him. “And just to prove it, I am not even going to ask you to take a picture with me. I’m going to ask you to take a picture of me WITH YOUR BODYGUARD.”

“Cool,” said the bodyguard.

“Seriously?” wondered Joe Jonas.

I handed him my camera and posed with his bodyguard.

Then I gave him my business card. “Here. You’re from New Jersey, right?” He nodded. “I’m from New Jersey too. I write a syndicated newspaper column about living in New Jersey with kids. Give my card to your mom. I think she’ll like my column.”

He blinked.

“You want me to give your card to MY MOM?”

“Yes,” I said.

“And you don’t want to take a picture with me?”

“Right.” I said.

He snorted. “Well, this is a first.”

We shook hands and said goodbye. I was confident that I had redeemed myself and reclaimed my credibility.

An hour later he did his show for the screaming masses of moms and then he stood in front of the Blissdom screen to pose for pictures with all the bloggers. My friends got on line to pose with him and I waited with them. But when it was their turn, I peeled off to the side and stood with my new friend, Joe’s bodyguard, to wait while they were photographed.

“Hey come take a picture with us,” they yelled to me as they stood with Joe Jonas.

I shook my head.

“Yeah EMILY, come on over!” yelled Joe.

“Go ahead, Emily,” said the bodyguard.

“I’m NOT Emily,” I protested. “Emily is my DAUGHTER. My name is Tracy!”

Realizing I was not going to come out of this situation unscathed, I went over and took the picture with them.

I shook my head as I joined the group. “My name is Tracy,” I insisted softly.

Joe Jonas winked at me. “Sure it is. Tell you daughter I said hi!”

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39 responses to “How I Made a Fool of Myself with Joe Jonas at Blissdom

  1. You just made me laugh HARD. So something I would do. Seriously.

  2. At least if you had to pick an alias, you used a pretty name!

  3. Great story! You always have good stories! I love your blog.

  4. Paige Nicholas

    Are you an Aquarian? It sounds just like some i would do! LOL
    I do have a suggestion, that might help, the next time you go to one of these gatherings. Maybe wear a t-shirt that says, “Hi! My name is Tracy!”

  5. "Closet fan"

    I don’t blame you one bit. I’m close to 40 and think Joe Jonas is absurdly hot. Hey, he’s perfectly legal at 22 and he is very used to cougars gawking at him. I would have been beside myself. Glad you had a good time.

  6. Barb

    OMG! What a seriously adorable story. And what a seriously adorable young man Joe Jonas is. Never ceases to amaze me how he and his brothers are so accommodating to their fans. I hope your daughter enjoyed her autograph – I don’t think the Jonas Brothers’ appeal is limited to teens/tweens anymore. They are a wonderful band – fit for all ages.

  7. Katie

    This story is so adorable! Isn’t Joe the best? As a long time fan I am still suprised at how unnecessarily sweet he (and all his brothers) are to the fans.

    • I agree. and I have to give him props for not calling out the fact that I had a huge hole in my pants all night that I didn’t notice until the end of the event! Could it get any more embarrassing?

  8. AW MAN, I missed all that! I would of been bending over laughing covering my mouth with one hand and pointing at you with the other! 😉

  9. Good news for you, Tracy – Justin Bieber turns 18 today.

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  11. Melissa

    That’s awesome!!!!!!!

  12. Now that my friend is a way to make an impression!!! He’ll never forget you. I wish I was as cool. (no serious, you are cool!) 🙂

  13. of course, I just posted pics of us, the happy couple with our son, the talented Chris Mann …

  14. You’re the best, Emily! I so enjoyed hanging with you at Blissdom! We had fun that night!

  15. So funny. I think you handled the whole thing really well. I would’ve probably been a blithering, Cougar-groupie, idiot. Allie

  16. hollynyny

    My question is why were hundreds of grown women going nuts for Joe Jonas? I’m puzzled.

  17. Joe who? But more importantly, I can’t believe you said THAT to Jane Lynch! (We’re going to get along famously. My mouth is so used to the taste of my foot that I started wearing fruit roll-ups for shoes.)

  18. Nice going, I’m sure Emily is thrilled in all her 14 yr old glory! The body guard? I expect him to become a regular commenter!

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